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Spies: Plot Summary
Spies: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Spies: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Michael Frayn
Historical Context of Spies
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- Full Title: Spies: A Novel
- When Written: 2002
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 2002
- Literary Period: Contemporary English Literature
- Genre: Bildungsroman, psychological thriller, realist fiction
- Setting: Britain, during World War II
- Climax: The voice of the mysterious man calls out Stephen’s name as he is delivering a satchel full of food.
- Antagonist: Keith’s father, the Germans
- Point of View: First person limited, from the perspective of Stephen as an elderly man and as a young boy
Extra Credit for Spies
Award-winning. Michael Frayn’s Spies won the 2002 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the United Kingdom's only literary award for comic literature, and the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize.
A Common Theme. Despite the variety in the kind of work that Frayn produces, he consistently explores a common theme. In every one of his works—whether it be a play, novel, or piece of journalistic writing—Frayn strives to understand “the way in which we impose our ideas upon the world around us.”